What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Lesley!

I'm a native Ohioan. I'm a full-time mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married mother of 3 girls, ages 4, 2, and almost 1. I used to teach special education, but I stopped teaching in order to stay at home with my children. I play and teach piano, and I love to sing. Music is an important part of my life. I also write poetry and want to get some of my children's poetry published.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12 years old, I felt that something was missing in my life. I talked to my mom about the things I felt, and she began telling me about the Mormon beliefs. She had joined the church before I was born, but had soon become inactive. I wanted to know more, so I called the missionaries. When they were teaching me, I felt in my heart that the things they said were true, and when they extended the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, I did. I knew it was true. I am now 30 and I still know that it is true. A lifetime of trying out the teachings and principles of the church has led me to know this now more than ever, as I have seen the blessings that come into my life and the lives of others as a direct result of living the true, restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best every day to keep the commandments, choose the right, and teach my children to live the gospel. I try to make my home a refuge from the world where others feel safe and loved, and can feel the Spirit of the Lord. We hold weekly family nights, called Family Home Evenings, in which we teach our children how to abide by church teachings and spend quality time together. I participate daily in personal and family prayer and scripture study. I serve as a teacher in the women's organization of the church. I have 3 little ones, so I take every opportunity to serve others by watching their little ones for them when they need it. I also serve in the Temple as often as I can. And, of course, I love going to church and enjoying a day of rest and spiritual rejuvination every Sunday with my family!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Lesley!
Not everyone on this earth has had the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ, or to be baptized, which is a commandment and a necessary step in our spiritual progression. Jesus Christ set the example for us all and showed the importance of baptism when he himself, who was perfect, was baptized. We are baptized in behalf of the dead so that they, too, may have the opportunity to follow His example and receive the blessings that come from keeping the commandments of God. We are performing a service to them by doing something for them that they cannot do for themselves. It is up to them whether they will accept it or not. Show more Show less